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Brian Glanville: novelist & football sage

I’m pleased to report good mentions in the press for some of our prized titles. When Saturday Comes, the crown prince of association football journals (or ‘half-decent’ as it modestly claims itself), has praised Brian Glanville’s The Rise of Gerry Logan and The Dying of the Light, as well they might, as I understand WSC has long considered Glanville ‘the daddy’ of contemporary writing on the game.  Their correspondent Taylor Parkes writes:

These two books by pioneering sportswriter Brian Glanville stand out half a mile amid the tiny, mostly undistinguished genre of football fiction… written with an easy confidence… [Gerry Logan‘s] true concerns are timeless: the game’s ambiguous morality; how its heroes are indulged and patronised; how their energy is betrayed by greed and lack of vision.  Nearly 50 years have passed, and there’s not been a better football novel…’

The Times, meanwhile, make honourable mention of The Nuremberg Trial by Robert W. Cooper – and, again, it’s a deserved tip of the hat, since Cooper was such a long-serving distinguished contributor to the paper. Tom Whipple writes:

‘The Times’ correspondent sat through all ten months [of the trials]; was present for all six million words… Could the Allied powers ensure a trial of the perpetrators that avoided becoming merely victors’ justice?  R.W. Cooper was the man to judge. ’

Bravos all round.

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The TLS are running the results of their ‘Best of 2010’ canvassing (a selection online here, the full version in print), and I am delighted to report a good showing for Finds. Let’s begin with Brian Glanville, as learned and perceptive a writer on football as this country has ever produced, still going strong today, and with a whole other strength to his game in the shape of his string of highly praised novels. This year Finds has brought back The Olympian, The Dying of the Light and The Rise of Gerry Logan, and it’s the latter title that has earned the warm praise of no less an authority than Frederic Raphael in the TLS. Raphael describes Gerry as ‘…surely the best novel about footballers ever written’ and ‘a reminder of what fiction can do when a natural novelist draws from life.’
Brian Glanville’s regular column for the World Soccer site can be found here, and his bracing opinions on the power, corruption and lies now awash in the game are also reflected in this interview for the Jewish Telegraph, which makes room for a fonder focus on his beloved Arsenal.  Also eminently worth a look is this selection Glanville made for the Times of his 65 favourite footballing moments, all of which unfolded under his own penetrating gaze from the press box or the stands, naturally…

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